News from the War in Ukraine
- The Karlson aerial surveillance team is officially a territorial defense unit. This Ukrainian drone unit is named Karlson after a flying character from a classic Swedish children’s book, Karlsson on the Roof. The team uses small drones that you they bought with money raised online. It looks like a miniature plane, with a camera mounted on its nose.
- A Lebanese prosecutor ordered the seizure Saturday of a Syrian-flagged ship that docked at a northern port with a cargo of Ukrainian grain Kyiv’s embassy in Beirut said was “illegal.” Ghassan Oueidat instructed police to investigate the Laodicea, which docked in Tripoli earlier this week.
- Farmers in Ukraine’s second-largest city Kharkiv are continuing to harvest even though they are under fire as the Russia-Ukraine war drags on.
- “the Ukrainians have become very effective in finding and killing Russian command and control nodes and destroying swaths of Russian materiel.” According to the US Department of Defense, fighting continues in the east and south of Ukraine.
- Russian invading forces cannot admit to Russian dictator Vladimir Putin that they have failed in southern Ukraine, the director of the New Geopolitics Research Network, Mykhailo Samus, said on Radio NV on July 29.
More News from Ukraine
- Russia’s S-70 stealth drone seems like a powerful new weapon of war for Moscow. But, there is a lot of tough talk and amazing HD pictures and video, but very little production of such weapons. The Okhotnik is expected to fly as the semi-autonomous “loyal wingman” with the Su-57 stealth fighter. The S-70 will conduct deep strike and recon missions that will allow the Russian air force to have a force multiplier with radar-evading aerial combat teams. Up to four Okhotniks could fly with the Su-57.
- Russia launched nighttime attacks on several cities in Ukraine, Ukrainian officials said Saturday as they and officials in Moscow blamed each other for the deaths of dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war in a separatist-controlled area of the country’s east.
- The Polish government fully supports a proposal by the Estonian authorities for a European Union-wide entry ban on Russian tourists and other types of travellers from this country as a part of sanctions imposed on Russia due to the latter’s war in Ukraine.
- Russian energy giant Gazprom Saturday suspended gas supplies to Latvia following tensions between Moscow and the West over the conflict in Ukraine and sweeping European and US sanctions against Russia.
- The Russian Embassy in the UK has caused outrage after it tweeted a call for Ukrainian fighters to be executed in a “humiliating death”. A video posted on the embassy’s official account showed a man said to be from Mariupol suggesting fighters from the Azov battalion should be hanged.
- Russia is “running out of steam” in its assault on Ukraine, the chief of Britain’s MI6 foreign intelligence agency, Richard Moore, said in a brief comment on social media on Saturday.